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begin this sunday with the resignation of pope benedict xvi. the pontiff today delivered one of his last sunday blessings from the vatican. tens of thousands of people packed st. peter's square today to hear the departing pope. next sunday will be the last time the 85-year-old pontiff temperatures will the traditional blessing from his apartment window. the pope announced earlier this month he will retire on february 28th due to failing health. >>> this is a unique and historic moment in the church and bay area catholics are anxiously awaiting a decision on pope a's successor. allie rasmus continue ours coverage interest from st. mary's cathedral in san francisco. >> reporter: heather, right now you can see dozens of people still filing out of st. mary's cathedral in san francisco. necessity were part of a ceremony to welcome new members to the catholic faith, so the people that you seeer are in the process of converting to catholicism. can you see some of them taking a picture with the archbishop. today was the first sunday of lent and also the first sunday since pope benedict announced
. the president's plan would be dead on arrival if it reaches congress. >>> pope benedict xvi delivered one of his last masses. tens of thousands of the fateful gathered to hear the departing pope. an ex week epd will be the final pope. the pope atphoupbtsed he will retire due to failing help. it is the first time -- the pope announced he will retire during the failing help. it is if first mass since he announced he will be stepping down. >> reporter: as the emotionals made it through the pews. some had the question of new leadership on their mind. pope benedict xvi announced their reservation. >> we just have to pray for him and pray for the cardinals. >> reporter: the cardinals are will will be gathering in rome. >> the next pope needs to understand in what we believe and why we believe it. >> even within my family. a lot of us we stepped away from the church. because a lot of us lost faith. >> reporter: candy gonzalez admits today was the first time she's been to mass in years. >> it really broke my heart. i was raised catholic and i feel this is where i belong. i feel like with the new pope t
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